Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Generations

Seven places to find hospital records

See also

You may have discovered on a death certificate or through other documentation that your ancestor died in the hospital. Do you want to know if any hospital records exist? Do not be surprised if these records cannot be accessed without a court order if they are less than 50 or in some cases, 75 years old. Your first challenge would be to determine where they are housed which will vary by locality. Check out the examples of places below where you may find hospital records.

Hospital – Study the history of the hospital.

Like the more traditional businesses, hospitals have opened, closed, merged, been taken over, and changed names. As a result, knowledge of the history of the hospital may be needed to locate available records. See “Hospital Records.”

State archives – The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration has provided access to the Vermont State Hospital records from 1891 to 1969 as cited in “Vermont State Archives Opens State Hospital Records.” Record types include name, admission date, age, class of patient, town of origin, remarks, date of discharge, and more.

Courthouse – According to the advice given by Juliana Smith in “Searching for Hospital Records,” another great place to search for guardianship or probate records that were created when an ancestor became institutionalized as a patient.

City hallThe City Archives of Philadelphia is the source to go to for access to records of the Alms House and its successor as well as Philadelphia General Hospital from 1751 to the 1940’s

Historical societies – Minnesota Historical Society has hospital records most commonly used for researching family history.

University libraries – Hospital records are one of the unofficial vital records included in the collection of vital records at Parkside Library on the campus of University of Wisconsin.

Family History Library Catalog – If you perform a keyword search for “hospital” in the catalog, you will retrieve over 2,300 results. Use the filter on the left sidebar to further narrow your results.

Get the next update from the National Genealogy Examiner: Click here.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!